I had the pleasure of welcoming Ken Staaf from the Kiwanis Club of Rockford to the studio this morning to discuss what sounds like a really neat event. The "Budding Artists" showcase doubles as a way to celebrate young talent and raise funds for the artist, his or her school's art program, and for charities supported by Kiwanis.

Scot Bertram, Townsquare

The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main Street.

There's a total of twenty pieces of original artwork by artists from Boylan Catholic, Rockford Lutheran, and Rockford's public schools. All will be up for auction during the night for a minimum price of $100.

Cost to attend is $50 per person. It includes admission, a night of live music, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. For more information or to order tickets, you can head to the Kiwanis Club's website.

I wanted to share one piece of artwork from the program that Ken shared with me. I'm a sucker for great landscape paintings (prints of "The Voyage of Life" by Thomas Cole hang in my basement) and I thought this piece by Jefferson senior Diana Pacheco looked fantastic. Probably even better in person!

Diana Pacheco